What Happened When This Multi-Unit Franchise Owner and Franchise Consultant Couple Found a Flooring Company For Sale?
Andy and Michelle Snyder are no strangers to the franchise world.
Andy has over 15 years of experience as a multi-brand Franchise Owner. The couple now works as Certified Franchise Consultants, coaching other entrepreneurs who are looking to find the right business opportunity for them.
Lucky for us at Footprints Floors, this business power couple is one of our newest Franchise Owner teams. Not only that, but they are our first Mississippi-based Franchise Owners. With so much experience in the franchising world, we are so grateful to have them aboard.
Let’s take a look into Andy and Michelle’s decision to join us here at Footprints Floors.
Andy and Michelle’s career backgrounds are in fact quite different from one another.
Andy’s 15 years of franchising experience has resulted in him owning around 12 franchise businesses, one of which has multi-unit territory in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama.
His franchise portfolio in commercial cleaning and locksmithery correlates with his previous experience in janitorial and home improvement services.
In fact, that’s one of the reasons why he was so attracted to Footprints Floors. He tells us, “One reason I liked the idea of Footprints Floors is that I have a background in janitorial, resurfacing floors, stripping, and waxing, I’m used to this type of work, and it just fits everything that I’ve done for the last 15 years.”
Michelle, on the other hand, is a trained registered nurse with over 15 years of experience but she’s focusing on consultancy work right now.
Andy says, “Being a consultant has taught us a lot. There’s a whole different world out there, and you get to see good things like Footprints Floors which has taken off and is just such an amazing brand. We get to see it from the inside out, and we get to sell it which is an even better thing!”
Making The Move Into Franchising
Andy says that his decision to make the move into franchising was spurred by an advertisement he saw 15 years ago for a commercial cleaning franchise.
He recalls, “I called them up to buy a franchise and I’ve gone from there.”
Before that, he worked for a company called Quicklubes as their Operations Manager.
His job was to open up new locations and this is one of the reasons why he knew franchising was a good move for him. At any one time, he was running four Quicklubes locations by himself so he knew that he could handle running his own franchise.
At the time he was working 100 hours a week making plenty of other people very rich. He thought to himself, “If I can do it for them, I can do it for myself.”
As for Michelle, her move into franchising came after marrying Andy!
Now they both work as incredibly successful Franchise Owners and Consultants, helping others to do the same.
Before they jumped into buying a Footprints Floors Franchise, Michelle explains that they did their own research.
“We are affiliated with FranServe and first learned about Footprints Floors on the support side,” she explains. “We represent it and we heard the success of the brand as we were consulting.”
So, Why Footprints Floors?
As Franchise Consultants, Andy and Michelle see hundreds of different brands all the time and are introduced to many different concepts and ideas.
We were interested to know, what made them decide to buy a flooring company for sale over another franchise concept? And why did they decided to buy a franchise themselves instead of simply promoting it to their clients?
Andy and Michelle said that they learned about Footprints Floors themselves and then went on to show our business to their consultancy clients who were looking for a new business opportunity.
Andy recalls how he and his wife came to a decision to do something that aligned so well with their previous background and industry experience. “Michelle said to me, you already do this, so why don’t we do it together? She liked the model. She doesn’t like the stripping and waxing of floors part, but I do that with my employees. That’s why the concept was good for us. It’s a management concept, too and it gets us to work together.”
Michelle remembers the couple’s Discovery Day with fondness, saying that “going to actually meet the team and their CEO Bryan Park was great. Everyone was so personable and down to earth.” As well as liking the team, Michelle says that they were attracted by “the low investment. You get so much corporate support, lead generation assistants, and the call center. It’s a great model.”
We wanted to know what was the point at which Andy and Michelle knew that Footprints Floors was for them. With Andy’s extensive experience as a Franchise Owner, what made us special? For him, it came down to one major thing: the people.
“When I try and sell a Franchise, the Discovery Day is important,” he explains. “That’s what pushed us over the edge. We talked to everybody on Discovery Day, and we loved the way they do things. Family, religion, and the concept brought us together. Other concepts we had looked at left Michelle out, but with Footprints, this was something that we could do together.”
Michelle said she was sold from the beginning. “On the Discovery Day, learning about the origins of the brand, the founding story of the Founder, Bryan Park, and the Christian background – it all just made sense.”
Future Of The Business
When it comes to their individual roles in the business, they’re both going to be involved.
Andy says that he’s going to be more “hands-on” with the general operations work alongside his crew. Don’t rule him out as a one-trick-pony though, he’s also going to be involved in customer service and selling. “I can talk pretty good, too!” is what he told us.
Michelle, on the other hand, is going to be focusing on the day-to-day running of the business while also being involved in the selling.
As for the future of the business, Andy’s dream is to scale it eventually. He’s starting off with three territories but has plans to grow it to 7. He wants franchises along the coast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Pensacola, Florida.
What’s Most Exciting About Footprints Floors?
In Andy’s words, “The most exciting thought is blowing it up together!”
He said that he was looking forward to “looking at the model, making a profit and working hard. It’s different for me and I’m excited to get started.”
Joining in with this sentiment, Michelle said that she was excited about “working together as a family and growing the business while being part of the Footprints family.”
Advice To Prospective Franchise Owners
When we asked Andy this question, he had the best answer.
“You’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself. I consulted people when I was working as a mentor before I ever became a consultant. They bought franchises before I even received a commission for it. Pick something that you like and something you’re comfortable with doing. If you pick something you enjoy, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Andy and Michelle’s story is one of incredibly hard work and determination and demonstrates the power of going after what you want.
Their story could be yours, too.
If you’re interested in one securing a flooring company for sale through Footprints Floors, please visit our franchise website for more information.